complete

adjective
com·​plete | \ kəm-ˈplēt How to pronounce complete (audio) \
completer; completest

Definition of complete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having all necessary parts, elements, or steps a complete diet
b of a protein : containing all essential amino acids Beans and grains combined together form a complete protein.
2a : total, absolute complete silence
b : fully carried out : thorough a complete renovation
c of a football pass : legally caught
3 : brought to an end : concluded a complete period of time
4 : highly proficient a complete artist
5 of a subject or predicate : including modifiers, complements, or objects
6 of insect metamorphosis : characterized by the occurrence of a pupal stage between the motile immature stages and the adult — compare incomplete sense 2
7 : having all four sets of floral organs
8 of a metric space : having the property that every Cauchy sequence of elements converges to a limit in the space
complete with
: made complete by the inclusion of a birthday cake complete with candles

complete

verb
completed; completing

Definition of complete (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring to an end and especially into a perfected state complete a painting
2a : to make whole or perfect Its song completes the charm of the bird. Her latest purchase completes her collection.
b : to mark the end of A rousing chorus completes the show.
c : execute, fulfill complete a contract
3 : to carry out (a forward pass) successfully The quarterback completed 12 out of 18 passes.

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Other Words from complete

Adjective

completely adverb
completeness noun
completive \ kəm-​ˈplē-​tiv How to pronounce completive (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for complete

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

full, complete, plenary, replete mean containing all that is wanted or needed or possible. full implies the presence or inclusion of everything that is wanted or required by something or that can be held, contained, or attained by it. a full schedule complete applies when all that is needed is present. a complete picture of the situation plenary adds to complete the implication of fullness without qualification. given plenary power replete implies being filled to the brim or to satiety. replete with delightful details

Verb

close, end, conclude, finish, complete, terminate mean to bring or come to a stopping point or limit. close usually implies that something has been in some way open as well as unfinished. close a debate end conveys a strong sense of finality. ended his life conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting). the service concluded with a blessing finish may stress completion of a final step in a process. after it is painted, the house will be finished complete implies the removal of all deficiencies or a successful finishing of what has been undertaken. the resolving of this last issue completes the agreement terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space. your employment terminates after three months

Examples of complete in a Sentence

Adjective He spoke in complete sentences. They sat in complete silence. Verb The project took four months to complete. Her latest purchase completes her collection. The new baby completed their family. The quarterback completed 12 out of 15 passes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As a result, a merger of the two companies would give Viagogo/StubHub almost complete control of the U.K. 'for-profit' secondary market. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "FanFair Alliance Files Complaint Over Viagogo's $4B StubHub Deal," 2 Dec. 2019 For complete presale details, visit www.citientertainment.com. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Alanis Morissette bringing 'Jagged Little Pill' 25th anniversary tour to Phoenix," 2 Dec. 2019 On Monday, November 25, makeup artist Alexx Mayo posted the complete behind-the-scenes beauty secrets to Lizzo's red carpet look. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "How to Recreate Lizzo’s AMAs 2019 Look," 26 Nov. 2019 To be able to play the complete opposite in Charlie, who is someone who’s got a happy-go-lucky, in it for the ride, adventurous, wild child [attitude] has been brilliant. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "DC's Legends of Tomorrow, TV's wackiest super-family, has 'nothing to lose'," 25 Nov. 2019 Less knotty stretches of state roads in all corners of the state will see complete funding for significant improvements, especially on state highways. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "Colorado unveils a $1.6 billion roadmap of highway projects for the next 3 years," 21 Nov. 2019 However, social networks like Facebook will have a difficult time providing complete transparency on why members might be seeing a particular political ad. Ari Lightman, The Conversation, "On TV, political ads are regulated – but online, anything goes," 21 Nov. 2019 Once the mandala is complete the sand is swept up, wrapped in silk and carried to a river or body of water, symbolizing a return to nature. Lyndi Mcnulty, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "An Eye for Art: Sharing her mandalas gives Westminster artist ‘feelings of peace’," 20 Nov. 2019 The Houston Chamber Choir recorded Duruflé’s complete choral works two years ago at the Edythe Bates Old Recital Hall at Rice University with organist Ken Cowan. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Chamber Choir makes Grammy noise alongside Beyoncé," 20 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The pathbreaking marine biologist couple Thomas and Nora Goreau completed fundamental research here, including describing the symbiotic relationship between coral and algae and pioneering the use of scuba equipment for marine studies. Washington Post, "Coral gardeners bring back Jamaica’s reefs, piece by piece," 3 Dec. 2019 The feathered and partially sheer, figure-hugging, one-shoulder gown was by Ralph & Russo. J.Lo completed the regal look with Jimmy Choo pumps and drop earrings from Yeprem. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez's Sheer, Feathered Ralph & Russo Gown Will Make Your Jaw Drop," 3 Dec. 2019 In three starts, Finley threw for 474 yards (158 yards per game), tossed two touchdowns and two interceptions and completed 47 percent of his passes. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Browns vs. Bengals preview: 5 things to know about Cleveland’s next opponent," 2 Dec. 2019 QB Tucker Melton is completing 57 percent of his passes for 1,427 yards and 18 TDs. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Alabama HS football: Get ready for the 2019 Super 7 in Auburn," 2 Dec. 2019 Finley completed only 47 percent of his passes for 474 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in three games. oregonlive, "New York Jets vs Cincinnati Bengals: Live score updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 1 Dec. 2019 Zergiotis has struggled on the road this season, completing 51.9 percent of his passes for 4.6 yards per attempt away from Rentschler Field, as compared to 58.2 percent and 8 yards at home. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "UConn football at Temple: time, how to watch, broadcasters, weather, betting line, preview," 30 Nov. 2019 Watson rates eighth in the NFL in passing yards (2,899), completing 69 percent of his passes, with 20 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions. BostonGlobe.com, "Given the opposition, look for Sunday to be the Patriots’ best all-around win of the season - The Boston Globe," 29 Nov. 2019 Senior quarterback Quentin Harris is completing just under 60 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Game time: Fast facts, keys to Miami Hurricanes at Duke," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of complete

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for complete

Adjective and Verb

Middle English complet, from Latin completus, from past participle of complēre — see complement entry 1

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The first known use of complete was in the 14th century

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5 Dec 2019

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“Complete.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/completeness. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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More Definitions for complete

complete

adjective
How to pronounce complete (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of complete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having all necessary parts : not lacking anything
: not limited in any way
: not requiring more work : entirely done or completed

complete

verb

English Language Learners Definition of complete (Entry 2 of 2)

: to finish making or doing (something) : to bring (something) to an end or to a finished state
: to make (something) whole or perfect
American football : to throw (a forward pass) to a teammate who catches it

complete

adjective
com·​plete | \ kəm-ˈplēt How to pronounce complete (audio) \

Kids Definition of complete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having all necessary parts : not lacking anything a complete set of books
2 : entirely done His training is complete.
3 : thorough sense 1 complete darkness

Other Words from complete

completeness noun

complete

verb
completed; completing

Kids Definition of complete (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to bring to an end : finish complete a job
2 : to make whole or perfect He needs six more state flags to complete his collection.

complete

adjective
com·​plete | \ kəm-ˈplēt How to pronounce complete (audio) \

Medical Definition of complete

1 of insect metamorphosis : characterized by the occurrence of a pupal stage between the motile immature stages and the adult compare incomplete sense 1
2 of a bone fracture : characterized by a break passing entirely across the bone — compare incomplete sense 2
3 of a protein : containing all essential amino acids — compare incomplete sense 4

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